About The Course
This course is an ideal introduction to working with animals for school leavers who are seeking to explore this diverse industry; develop practical skills in animal husbandry and gain underpinning knowledge of animal-related topics.
Students will work with a range of animals inclusive of small mammals, farm livestock and exotic species housed in our extensive animal collection. The course also provides an opportunity for students to develop personal, social and employability skills in a highly supportive environment.
As part of this study programme students are required to study GCSE maths and English if a grade 4 has not already been achieved. This is an essential part of the programme in order for students to develop the literacy and numeracy skills required for successful entry into employment and/or progression onto future courses.
Four GCSEs at a grade 2, or above, in English, maths and science. Applicants must also complete a successful interview.
This course can lead to employment within:
- Retail e.g. pet stores
- Kennels and catteries
- Farm parks & farms
- Pet sitting/dog walking services
- Dog grooming
Students can also progress (subject to meeting specified entry requirements) on to other courses such as Level 2 Diploma’s in Animal Care, Agriculture, Horticulture or Protective Services.
Examples of modules studied include:
- Health and Wellbeing of Animals
- Animals in the Wild and Society
- Feeding and Watering Animals
- Development of Performance in the Work-Place
- Assisting with Animal Movement, Handling and Accommodation
GCSE maths & English
Working in the animal industry can be highly rewarding but it requires hard work and dedication. You will need to be comfortable with working outdoors in all weathers, be physically fit and able to carry out routine husbandry tasks e.g. checking livestock out on our 400-acre estate, dog walking, cleaning out enclosures.
We have a strict dress code for working on our Animal Centre and, as such, you need to be prepared to follow instruction from all staff in order to maintain your own health, safety and welfare and that of our animals.
If you have a learning difficulty or disability or additional educational need, please let us know when you apply so that we can fully assess for any support you may require.
You may be required to make set contributions towards educational trips and/or travel expenses to local events.
- Level 1 Diploma in Land-Based Studies (Animal Care)
- GCSE maths and English
Assessment takes place through the completion of work/logbooks, diary writing to record progress during professional development lessons, online tests, exams and homework.
You will complete 2 hours of industry placement every week on our Animal Centre and 1 week of industry placement externally.
City & Guilds